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The Ruler Archetype

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Mark Ricalde

on 12 March 2013

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The Ruler Archetype What are characteristics of
the Ruler Archetype? Characters in this archetype are often emperors or kings. People with some form of political power.

Rulers often take it upon themselves to be the judge of their community and decide for their subjects.

These characters believe that what they do is for the better
of society. Examples of Rulers in fiction are: Introduction Carl Jung believed that archetypes were the motives and
feelings that resided in every human being, which is why
they can be seen in myths from around the world. The Ruler archetype was the human desire of power.

Power isn't everything, it's the only thing. Light Yagami from Death Note Death Note is the charming story about a boy and his god complex. Protagonist, Light Yagami was the discoverer of a book called the Death Note which essentially lets him kill anyone with a face and a name. He uses these new powers to kill off criminals and forge the world in his vision. Light is an example of the Ruler archetype because he shows all the Ruler characteristics. He is a man of a great power who is able to control the entire world with the fear of death. Light believes that as the moral compass of the world; it will become a better place. Light is an example of a tyrannical ruler but not all of them are. An example of a benevolent ruler is: Mufasa from The Lion King Mufasa is the king of Pride Rock and
father to Simba. Although he dies off
early in the film, he has a great
influence among the characters in the
movie. Mufasa is a benevolent ruler. He keeps order in the Pride Rock and keeps the balance of the Circle of Life. He is a wise character and a natural leader.

The final example of a Ruler is... Big Brother from 1984 Big Brother is the leader of the Party
in George Orwell's 1984. He is an
almost omniscient being who
controls the citizens of Oceania
through propaganda, torture and
surveillance. Although Big Brother is not a real character in the 1984 universe (or is he?), he is the quintessential totalitarian ruler character. He is a leader so excellent that he can make you believe anything he says. Big Brother's greatest fear is chaos, so he does everything
in order to keep the status quo. This includes surveillance of all of Oceania's citizens and "changing" the past to further the Party's status as god's gift to the people. Contrast among the Ruler archetype Characters in the Ruler archetype can be good or evil and this concept can be shown through examples of these characters Benevolent Ruler Evil (and insane) Ruler A World guided through vision The most important thing to the Ruler character is to create a better world under their guiding hand. These characters believe that what they are doing is for the better of the community.

In the video example, Light believes he is making the world a better place through his serial killings. He desperately tries to get rid of the criminal element and he is willing to do so while slaughtering thousands of lives.

If we look at some of most famous dictators in history, we see that they
are willing to commit the most atrocious of crimes as long as they can reach the resolution of their goal. Being unaware of the effects of one's actions is very much a part of humanity and I think that's something story writers tried to show with their literature. THANK YOU FOR LISTENING by Mark Ricalde
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